American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To envy the possession or enjoyment of: She begrudged him his youth. See Synonyms at envy.
- v. To give or expend with reluctance: begrudged every penny spent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grudge; envy the possession of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To grudge; to envy the possession of.
- v. wish ill or allow unwillingly
- v. be envious of; set one's heart on
“What I begrudge is not so much the work itself, although I remain a reluctant manager who dislikes the responsibilities, but the lack of free time.”
“Kristol says he doesn't "begrudge" Obama his ambivalence, but he should have committed more troops and not have end dates for wars that he feels have tremendous potential to succeed.”
“One minute he's assailing "fat cat" bankers, the next he's saying he doesn't "begrudge" multimillion-dollar Wall Street bonuses.”
“Mills said this morning that he does not "begrudge" Democrats on the commission their service.”
“You've got to wonder when he calls Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein "savvy businessmen" and says he doesn't "begrudge" them their "success and wealth.”
“Speaking of the banking industry, Obama recently said that he doesn't "begrudge" the huge bonuses awarded to Dimon, Blankfein, and their ilk.”
“His condemnation of huge Wall Street CEO bonuses rang so thinly that his later statement that he did not "begrudge" such bonuses as "part of the free market system" was taken as de facto endorsement and appropriately attacked.”
“He did so again Wednesday, saying he did not "begrudge" wealth that is "fairly earned.”
“President Barack Obama said he doesn't "begrudge" the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase ”
“President Obama, walking a fine line, doesn't "begrudge" bonuses?”
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